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Complete program of pope's trip to Fatima on May 12-13

March 20, 2017. The Vatican has published Pope Francis' program for his upcoming trip to Fatima.
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Pope Francis will travel to Egypt from 28 to 29 April 2017

March 18, 2017. In response to the invitation from the President of the Republic, the Bishops of the Catholic Church, His Holiness Pope Tawadros II and the Grand Imam of the Mosque of Al Azhar, Sheikh Ahmed Mohamed el-Tayyib, Pope Francis will make an Apostolic trip to the Arab Republic of Egypt from 28 to 29 April 2017, visiting the city of Cairo. The programme of the trip will be published shortly.
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Pope to meet with most powerful European leaders on March 24

March 3, 2017. On March 24 a historic meeting will take place between the pope and many of the most powerful heads of government throughout Europe. The meeting was announced by the Director of the Press Office of the Holy See, Greg Burke and will begin at 6 p.m. in the Sala Regia of the Apostolic Palace in the Vatican.

A new book offers a surprising look inside the Vatican’s Secret Archives

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The writings are accompanied by text and photos of the Vatican Archives building.

Then, on page 46, readers can find a papal document condemning and excommunicating Martin Luther.

The diverse collection also includes correspondent with some of the world’s most celebrated artists, like Bernini. The architect of St. Peter’s Basilica, writes to the pope requesting payment for his work at Saint Mary Mayor’s Basilica and the famous Bernini’s Angels that line the bridge at Castle St. Angelo. In all Bernini was requesting more than 8 thousand scudi. 

In the year 1550, Michelangelo also wrote a letter requesting payment and saying a long conclave was stalling his work on the basilica’s dome. 

That conclave was the one that elected Pius VI. It took more than three months and the official ballot is a part of this collection too.

A collection of that gives readers around the world a taste of what lies inside the walls of the Vatican. 

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